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More flood cash for worst hit areas

The government has earmarked a further £1.6M for flood relief to be distributed among six authorities in hardest hit areas.

The move brings to £11.9M the total payments made under the Bellwin scheme, which covers the costs incurred by local authorities during immediate action to safeguard residents and property or prevent suffering as a result of a disaster or emergency.

Gloucestershire Police was the biggest winner in this round of funding, receiving £955,420. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council will receive £435,721 North Lincolnshire Council will receive £70,082 East Lindsay Council will receive £55,910 Stratford Upon Avon Council will receive £50,342 Worcester City Council will receive £16,181.

Floods Recovery Minister John Healey said: "Last summer, we saw the worst floods in this country for over a century. I made many visits to the affected areas, and saw for myself the extraordinary work of councils and other agencies to help and support those communities.

"Clearly this came at a cost to councils, and so we made it easier for them to claim back additional costs from the Government, by significantly extending the period for which they can claim, and increasing the proportion of costs they can receive to 100% of spending above the threshold.

"To ensure money reached councils as quickly as possible, we also said we are ready to make interim payments."

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